Morning star Arises Dec.28 2014 Intro: Winter solstice rituals are celebrated in many parts of the world. The winter solstice is the 21st day of December which is the shortest day (of daylight) in the year in the Northern hemisphere. After the solstice or shortest day of the year each day gets increasingly longer until June 21st. Historically there are many pagan rituals attached to the solstices and there is criticism of celebrating Christmas on or about the same time of the pagan solstice celebrations. This criticism is hard to duck in that the Church of the 3rd and 4th centuries often synchronized Christian celebrations around heathen ones in order to more easily assimilate the pagans. It is what it is. We know that Jesus was in fact born. Some speculate this time or the other. I don’t know what month or day Jesus was born. I do know that the world was suffering from a light shortage and Jesus was sent to be the light of the world, the dayspring, the daystar, and the Synonyms for Christ as the dawning lightMorningstar Day Star, Dayspring, Lk 1:76-79 76 "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited* us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace." NKJV Nu 24:17 "I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.* NKJV Isa 60:1-3 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. NKJV Mal 4:2-3 But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. 3 You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this," Says the Lord of hosts. NKJV Mt 4:12-16 Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: 15 "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."* NKJV 2 Peter 1:16-21 16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed,* which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,* 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God* spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. NKJV Rev 2:26-29 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations — 27 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'* — as I also have received from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."' NKJV Rev 22:12-17 "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."* 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,* that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But* outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. 16 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. NKJV Day Star, Dayspring. kjv translations in Job 38:12 (dawn, rsv), Luke 1:78 (day, rsv), and 2 Peter 1:19 (morning star, rsv) referring to Venus, the star that heralds the dawn, or to first light of dawn itself. In Isaiah 14:12 Day Star is a designation for the haughty king of Babylon (Lucifer, kjv) who, having aspired so high at the cost of Israel, will surely be brought down in shame and disappointment by God. Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 589). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. Morning Star. Literally, the sun (Gn 1:14–18; Jb 38:7; Pss 19:4–6; 110:3); symbolically, a figure of speech which Christ used to describe himself (Rv 22:16). The phrase is closely related to the idea of the “dayspring” (Jb 38:12; Lk 1:78) and the “daystar” (2 Pt 1:19), all of which denote the rising of the sun in the morning. The symbolic application of the phrase to Christ is rooted in the OT (Nm 24:17) where Balaam prophesied, “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not nigh; a star shall come forth out of Jacob.” Having clearly identified “the star” as a person from the family of Jacob, the later prophets develop this theme. Isaiah tells the people of his day to “rise and shine” because “the Lord will rise upon you” (Is 60:1, 2). Malachi writes, “For you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings” (Mal 4:2). Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, describes the ministry of his son as that of preparing the way for “the day shall dawn upon us from on high” (Lk 1:78); and we are told that he prepared the way for Christ (Mt 3:3; Mk 1:2, 3; Jn 1:6–8, 23; cf. Mt 11:7–14; Lk 7:18– 28). The identity of the star is settled when Christ says, “I am the morning star” (Rv 22:16). It is another way of saying, “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8:12; 9:5; 12:46). The central concept found in the symbol is that of Christ as light shining in darkness (Lk 2:32; Jn 1:4, 7–9; 3:19; 12:35; 2 Cor 4:6; Eph 5:14; 1 Pt 2:9; 1 Jn 2:8; Rv 21:23). With the birth of the Messiah the morning star arose—the gospel light dawned (Is 9:1, 2; Mt 4:15, 16). Christ not only describes himself as the morning star but declares that he gives the morning star (Rv 2:28). He bestows his own light upon those who believe in him (Jgs 5:31; Is 60:3; Dn 12:3; Mt 5:14, 16; Jn 1:9; Acts 13:47; Eph 5:8; Phil 2:5; 1 Thes 5:5; 1 Jn 1:7). In this sense Peter states that “the morning star [kjv daystar] rises in your hearts” (2 Pt 1:19). Because Christ has come and established his kingdom of light on earth, that light can abide in the minds of humankind. The phrase then points to Christ’s glory, as the source of light, and to his grace in the sharing of light. Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 1489). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.